January 9, 2014 9:38 am

British artist Marcus Levine creates stunning pictures with nail art

UK artist Marcus Levine has really nailed it with these unusual works of art.

Jonathan Pow/AP Photo

TORONTO – An UK artist has really nailed it with these unusual works of art.

At first glance they appear to be intricate drawings, but the images are actually made using a hammer and thousands of nails.

A nail image of a flower:

Starting in 2004, over the last decade, 48-year-old Marcus Levine has perfected his technique.

As expected, the process requires time and patience.

Marcus Levine’s artwork is made up of thousands of alloy nails driven into white board. Levine is shown here at an art exhibition in 2010.

Jonathan Pow/AP Photo

It can take between three days and two months to complete one 3D hammered masterpieces and can require anything from 15,000 to 50,000 plus nails.

A nail image of a cat:

For his finer and more highly detailed pieces of work, according to his personal site, Levine says he uses three different nail sizes.

A nail image of a ballet dancer:

Levine  says he doesn’t sketch anything out beforehand and completes everything freehand and says light plays an integral role in his work, as “from morning sun to evening sun the shadows across the sculptures can appear as light as a pencil or as dark as a charcoal still life.”

A nail image of a horse:

A nail image of an eye:

A nail image of a woman:

All photos courtesy of  Jonathan Pow/AP Photos

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